Data security a relevant factor when using the cloud

Thursday 17 January 2013

Data security should always be seen as a prime concern when businesses migrate services and functions to the cloud, it has been claimed.

Writing for Business 2 Community, Liz Alton explained that good cloud hosting solutions will never request private information via email.

But they will offer an SSL layer for encryption and have a privacy policy that users are comfortable with, she noted.

"In certain business situations, such as institutions dealing with classified data or patient confidentiality laws, cloud hosting solutions may need to offer more specialised or rigorous data protections," Ms Alton claimed.

"If you’ve got special requirements, evaluate the security protections offered by the host and carefully read their customer reviews before proceeding."

She said moving data to the cloud can be "an exciting update" that saves money, improves a company’s technological performance, and makes it easier to be mobile.

"But it’s important to ask the right questions to ensure that the solution you select meets your security, technological and financial needs," Ms Alton stated.

In a recent Cloud Tech blog, Virtual Internet said companies can improve levels of security by using cloud servers.

This approach ensures businesses receive round the clock protection for their data and other confidential information, the firm claimed.

Posted by Alex Boardman